Hello my, dear.✨
Today's idea comes from Dylan Redekop and his awesome newsletter Growth Currency. In this edition, he talks about the diminishing returns of self-help books.
There were times in my life where I ticked all boxes of a self-help junkie. I binged self-help books. I put quantity over quality in the hope something will stick and I'll finally find success and inner peace.
The opposite happened: The compulsion to be equipped with as many self-care tools as possible became another obligation and burden.
Dylan proposes another approach: Put depth over width; quality over quantity. One great chapter can change your life if you learn how to apply it with consistency.
The next time you consume self-help and discover a great idea, don't rush to the next chapter and the next book. Instead,
- Read the chapter thoroughly, and read it again;
- Taken notes when you read it for the second time;
- Phrase your takeaways in your own words;
- Teach or explain the takeaways to one person or write an essay about it;
- Apply the teachings in your life.
Only binge as long as you don't stumble upon something great. Once you do, dive deep.
I currently rely on a few great notions from a total of 5 books. I'm open to new ideas and love to share them with you here. However, don't feel the pressure to try them all, especially not at the same time.😉
Dylan's Growth Currency newsletter is an overall wonderful resource for professional growth. Every week, he collects tools, courses, tips, and resources to help you thrive as a creator. He helps you beat writer's block and creator's burnout, and gives hands-on advice for growing your audience, social media, and earning more.